Dec 17, 2013 2:16 PM by NBC News

Overall cancer deaths decline

Lung cancer deaths continue to go down in this country.

Every year, the National Cancer Institute compiles a report on the latest cancer statistics and this year's analysis shows death rates for lung cancer are falling faster than in year's past. Researchers say the decline is due to fewer smokers.

The drop in lung cancer rates contributed to a larger decline in cancer deaths overall. From 2001 to 2010, mortality rates for all cancers went down 1.8% per year among men and 1.4% among women.

There were slight increases in cancers of the uterus, pancreas and liver.



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